McLain was a highly recruited point guard while at Methuen High School. His high school coach Bill Donlon was his legal guardian. He was recruited by several college programs and chose to attend Villanova and was a part of the Villanova Wildcats‘s 1981 heralded recruiting class that also featured Ed Pinckney and Dwayne McClain, which the three had collective nickname of “The Expansion Crew”. His basketball career lasted from 1981–1985 and played point guard. McLain graduated with a degree in Communication Arts.
McLain was starting point guard in the 1985 squad which defeated Georgetown University, 66-64 to win to the NCAA title over the heavily favored Hoyas. This game is widely considered as one of the greatest NCAA tournament upsets of all time. This game is featured in the book The Perfect Game by Frank Fitzpatrick.
Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday spotlights…Gary McClain.